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Online Master of Business Administration (MBA): Curriculum

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Become an effective and collaborative business leader in just two years with the online MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. Choose from either our Healthcare Management or Management specializations to deepen your expertise in an in-demand focus area with three specialization-focused courses.

Each of the MBA’s 12 courses is asynchronous and 100-percent online, so you can study without disrupting your life outside of school. Our online leveling courses are also available for those with non-business undergraduate degrees. This rigorous program is accredited by the ACBSP, a leading measure of excellence in business education.

MBA Core Courses

This course examines the complex role of the manager in strategic planning, leadership, power, communication, motivation and decision-making.

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Examine control issues of complex organizations in this course, which includes strategic planning, implementation, coordination of accounting into the planning process, design and control of responsibility centers, development of budgetary models, generally accepted accounting principles, performance measurements, price and costly models, and internal controls. (This is a 15 week course.)

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In this class, students explore strategic planning for domestic and international market problems, as well as effective direction and control of marketing operations and strategies of the firm. Emphasis is placed on managing the marketing function within the organizational structure.

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Look at management information as a corporate resource to effect strategic advantage in this course, which includes Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) resources for managerial decision-making, information literacy for managers, and IT-related legal, ethical, and social issues. Students are exposed to current and developing IS/IT trends and techniques to support business best practices within cultural, political, and business environments.

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This course provides an overview and case study of issues and problems in management of the operations function along the supply chain. Topics include strategy, quality management, just-in-time process improvement management, customer and supplier relations, forecasting, and supply chain measurement and benchmarking.

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Analyze the global economy in which business operates today in this course. Attention centers on the key policy issues and major economic forces that affect business activity and the tools necessary to evaluate them. The course also explores the role played by the U.S. and world financial markets in influencing domestic and global economic environments.

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This is an integrated capstone course to be taken in the final term. The class examines the role of top management in creating a vision for the enterprise and integrating resources to achieve a competitive advantage in carrying out its mission. Focus is on total enterprise objectives with societal values in a global economy. Prerequisite: BLAW 8301 or HCMG 7320 (Healthcare Management Specialization only), MGMT 8334, ACCT 8310, FINC 8329 or HCMG 7361 (Healthcare Management Specialization only), MKTG 8305, CISS 8319, MGMT 8347, ECON 8305, and enrollment in final term of the MBA Program.

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In this course, students will undertake a legal and ethical study of business. This includes its origins and developing impact on society, the judicial system, cost of litigation vs. alternative dispute resolution techniques, and current issues at the federal and state level in areas such as contract, torts, product liability, deceptive trade, property, business enterprises, electronic commerce, employment and international law. The class focuses on ethical dilemmas faced in today’s business environment.

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This course emphasizes the development of skills necessary for sound financial decision-making within a firm. Topics covered include financial ratio analysis, capital budgeting, risk and return analysis and financial forecasting.

Management Specialization Courses

This course covers the development of human resource policies in organizations, including case studies on legal and ethical concerns, as well as competition in the diverse, multicultural global workplace.

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This course focuses on the key concepts and methods relevant for entrepreneurs, covering the elements of new venture initiation, as well as strategies for small and growing organizations. Students prepare a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture of their choice.

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Focus is on multinational business firms and the strategies employed to gain competitive advantage in international markets in this course. The class also includes discussion of ethics and social responsibility in a global economy, drawing from readings, cases, and current business periodicals.

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Healthcare Management Specialization Courses

This course covers the organization of healthcare delivery systems in the United States, including hospitals, ambulatory care, intermediate and long-term care, cyber-care, and other contemporary trends. It includes analysis of demographic trends related to the aging U.S. population, early intervention programs for preventive and wellness care, basic epidemiological techniques for analyzing local healthcare needs, delivery systems in other countries, and implications on the emerging U.S. market.

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In this course, students analyze the political, social, and economic dimensions of U.S. healthcare policy at the national, state, and local levels and their implications for current and future healthcare organizations across the spectrum of care. The class applies the theory by tracking healthcare legislation in progress, analyzes trends in policy-making to forecast future legislative initiatives, considers how to influence policy development, and applies concepts and techniques that can affect planning in health services delivery systems.

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This course analyzes factors impacting emerging managed care product lines and competing alternative delivery systems. It examines managed care market penetration and the strategic responses of hospitals, healthcare providers, and integrated delivery systems. Content from previous courses is integrated to enhance the potential for successfully managing the delivery of health services in the future.

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